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Loras College receives $250,000 Matching Gift Challenge

Loras College has received a commitment from Paul and Mary Finnegan, parents of a Loras alumnus, to match gifts up to $250,000 to support renovations to the Rock Bowl. To date, the College has raised over $400,000 to help fund an estimated $1 million needed for the renovations set to begin in April. When complete, the stadium will receive a state-of-the-art playing surface, updated track surface, and a new scoreboard.

Annually, the Rock Bowl accommodates more than 10,000 fans, more than 500 student athletes, and hosts more than 1,000 competitions. In addition, the stadium is home to the Loras All-Sports Camp and numerous Dubuque Wahlert Catholic sporting events.

For individuals interested in taking advantage of the match and making a donation to the Rock Bowl renovations, visit alumni.loras.edu/rockbowl or call (563) 588-7328.

Loras College has also received a $20,000 grant from the Dr. Scholl Foundation to support the Dr. Scholl Internship Away Scholarship Program. This is the ninth year the foundation has funded such opportunities with its support totaling $400,000.

The program is one of many ways Loras supports learning outside the classroom. Other programs such as the Great Lakes Career Ready Internship Program and the Adducci Loan Fund also enable students to pursue internships without having to worry about additional expenses. More than 400 students have been able to take advantage of one of these programs.

Through previous Dr. Scholl grants, Loras students have interned in Chicago, Washington D.C., Ireland, Portugal, Walt Disney World and The Mayo Clinic. Students are selected by an application process demonstrating financial need and an already-awarded internship opportunity. The scholarships then assist students with additional expenses such as housing, transportation and/or food.

Dr. William Scholl of the Scholl Manufacturing Company created the foundation in 1947 to aid others through charitable means, and also left the majority of his estate to this cause after his death in 1968. The foundation, headquartered in Northbrook, IL, has contributed over $250 million to various organizations since 1980.


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